Thought for the Day: Your Personal Masterpiece

 “Your engine is your personal masterpiece. You should be tempted to pull the cowl off and just marvel at it for no reason.  You should drag passers-by at the airport into your hangar and proudly say “LOOK! I built That!” With an arm gesture that magicians use as they say “TAA-DAA!”

25 hours is a reasonable goal on inspections. You could probably run 50 hours on Rotella between changes but learn this phrase that every A&P worth a damn has tattooed on heart: “Gas and oil are the cheapest things you ever put into an engine.” Here is the WW corollary: “Gas and oil are also the easiest ‘parts’ to install.” -ww.




Read the whole story at this link:

Notes on Corvair flight engine oils.





Above is a 2007 shot of Rick Lindstrom’s 601XL . It was built in our Edgewater hangar, and it did all it’s flight testing in Florida. Woody Harris and his daughter Amy flew it to the west coast were it covered many airshows from Copper state in AZ to Arlington in WA. It made a number of events at Zenith’s west coast facity, Quality Sport Planes, in Cloverdale, and it was on hand for Corvair Colleges #11, 13 and 18. -ww.



About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

One Response to Thought for the Day: Your Personal Masterpiece

  1. Blaine Schwartz says:


    Maybe that’s why I am taking so long to get my cowl on for the final time! Not sure if I sent you a picture of my engine, but I will email it to you today!

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